adjective, shoal·i·er, shoal·i·est.

full of shoals or shallows.

Origin of shoaly

First recorded in 1605–15; shoal1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoaly

Historical Examples of shoaly

  • Then the only way we could get off was down over a rough, shoaly slough, where she went like a bucking broncho.

    The Southern Soldier Boy

    James Carson Elliott

  • They swung round a point and threaded the channel that led among the shoaly waters of Musky Bay.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code

    John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton

  • An inlet or shoaly arm of the sea into which a river or rivers empty, and subject to tidal influence.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • By feeding upon these for several days it had quite glutted itself, having made for itself a channel in the shoaly water.

  • Wind, rain, roily, shoaly seas breaking clear over the ship across decks drove Cook out from land to deeper water.